An archaeological study conducted by the University College of London, showed the terrible punishments to which they were subjected criminals in England medieval early.
In the investigation we examined a skull found in 1960 in the city of Basingstoke, in the south of England, and yielded information on the causes of death of its owner.
It is a skull that is estimated to be belonged to a young woman between the ages of 15 and 18 years, according to the study is “evidence of mutilation facial in form of total removal of the nose and removal of partial of the upper lip, with hair front possibly ripped off”.
In the work published in the journal Antiquity, the authors acknowledged that “this case appears to be the first archaeological example of this particularly brutal facial disfigurement known in England anglo-saxon”.
Due to the lack of healing around the wounds, it is thought that the young man died soon after the mutilation, most likely owing to those same wounds.
“There is No doubt that the victim died at the time, or shortly after the traumatic event,” the ministry said.
Using radiocarbon dating, researchers believe that the remains belong to a period between 776 and 946 d. C.
While it ignores what would have been the crime committed by the young person and ended up bringing it to the death, the authors claim that this skull is used to determine the first records of this kind of punishment in England.
It is also suggested that these terrible practices are more ancient than was originally thought.
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